Ear Candling is an effective treatment for ear wax blockages.
The basic technique involves the use of a hollow candle which looks like a thick straw coated in wax. The candles are double coated with pure bee's wax for an extra long burning time of approximately 25 minutes each. It is placed gently in the ear and the wick end is lit. The burning flame creates a gentle warm air vacuum in the auditory canal. This gentle suction aids in the removal of wax and fluid and works similar to the principles of moxibustion in Chinese Medicine. This procedure is totally painless and relaxing and a slight crackling sound will be heard by the patient whilst the candle is burning.
The outer ear is the funnel-like ear canal section of the ear which extends from the pinna (the ear flap on the side of the head) to the eardrum. The skin of the ear canal is lined with hair follicles and glands that produce the waxy oil called cerumen.
The wax protects the ear by trapping dust, micro-organisms and foreign particles and prevents them from entering and damaging the ear. The wax usually makes its way to the opening of the ear where it falls out or is removed by cleaning. Ear wax is nature's defence, preventing foreign particles from reaching the eardrum. Ear wax also acts as a temporary water repellent. The absence of ear wax may result in dry itchy ears.
In some people the glands produce more wax than can be easily excreted out of the ear, this extra wax may harden within the ear canal and block the ear. More commonly however the ear canal becomes blocked when attempts to clean the ear using such things as cotton wool buds, napkin corners, and pencils push the wax further into the ear canal causing a blockage.
Our practitioners recommend ear candling for regular cleaning. They suggest 1-2 candles per ear 2-3 times per year. In the treatment of specific problems if relief is not felt within 2 days, the procedure should be repeated. With chronic problems it may be necessary to treat the person once a week for a number of weeks.
Ear candles can be used in combination with other treatments. However, CARE should be taken not to use candles with people who have had recent ear surgery, have perforated eardrums, or who have cysts or tumours in the ear. People with a history of recurrent serious problems should have their ears checked by a medical specialist before commencing treatment.